The Ford World Rally Team has confirmed that Dani Sordo will replace Jari-Matti Latvala for the next round of the World Rally Championship in Argentina.
Latvala has been forced out of the event after suffering a broken collarbone in a fall while cross-country skiing as part of his training programme in Finland last week.
Having looked into the possible replacements, Ford has now confirmed that Sordo – who currently drives for the Prodrive WRC Team – will partner Petter Solberg for the event.
The Spaniard has finished on the podium in Argentina in the past and is able to join Ford for the Argentine event as it isn't part of his programme at the wheel of Prodrive's MINI John Cooper Works WRC.
“We're naturally disappointed that Jari-Matti will miss the rally, but ensuring a full recovery as quickly as possible is the most important thing for him and the team,” Ford team boss Malcolm Wilson said. “We're fortunate to have a driver of Dani's calibre to join us. His experience at Rally Argentina was a key factor in the decision, having started the rally five times and finishing second in 2009.
“The agreement is for one rally only, and I would like to thank the management of Dani's current team, who were extremely gracious in helping us in such challenging circumstances.”
Sordo himself was pleased to be able to confirm the one-off deal.
“I am really excited about going to Argentina," he said. "When you are a rally driver all you want to do is to compete, so I am really happy that Prodrive has given me the chance to drive the Ford. I was second the last time I competed in Argentina, but as I will be learning a new car, it will be difficult to repeat this.”